Mark Washburne


Mark Washburne

Academic Rank:

Arts & Humanities

Liberal Arts

Office: DH 305

Phone: 973-328-5646

Education: M.B.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University; B.A., M.A., Marquette University

Hired: 1995

Mark Joseph Washburne’s early years were spent in Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. In 1969, the family moved to Chatham, New Jersey, where Washburne’s father headed up the construction of the new AT&T Headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. In 1974, Mark Washburne graduated from Bayley-Ellard High School in nearby Madison. Washburne next attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and in 1979 with Master’s Degree in the same subject. In 1986, Washburne also completed an M. B. A. in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison.

In 1979, after completing his first Master’s Degree, Mark Washburne moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to work for a construction company involved with building a new international airport in that city. From Saudi Arabia, Washburne returned to the United States and held various positions in marketing and as a stock broker for the next decade. In 1992, Washburne was hired to teach World Geography at Berkeley College of Business in Woodbridge, New Jersey as an adjunct professor. From that part time position at Berkeley, he was able to secure other teaching positions at other colleges. For the next few years, Washburne taught as part of the adjunct faculty at five different colleges teaching no fewer than thirty courses (not credits) a year. One semester (the fall of 1999), Washburne taught a record fourteen courses in various business, economics, history, and political science subjects. In 2001, Washburne was promoted to a full-time position at County College of Morris in New Jersey as an Associate Professor of History and Political Science.

Mark Washburne is very active in the running community in New Jersey. He is a member of the Rose City Runners Club in Madison and has completed sixteen marathons, including the New York City Marathon four times and the Boston Marathon five times. Washburne was also the Race Director for the Run for the Roses 10K Race in Denville, New Jersey from 1991 to 2002. The race was a fund raiser for the Dope Open which was established by Mary Mulholland in 1968 to fight drug and alcohol abuse in northern New Jersey. Washburne also has a running streak. He has run every day, without missing a day, at least three miles a day, since December 31, 1989.

Mark Washburne is a distant cousin of Congressman, Secretary of State, and Envoy Extraordinary Elihu Benjamin Washburne, the subject of his multivolume biography. Washburne is also a distant cousin of President Ulysses S. Grant, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President George Herbert Bush, President George Walker Bush, Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry.

Books Published:

A Biography of Elihu Benjamin Washburne

Volume One: Illinois Whig and Republican Congressman During the Rise of Abraham Lincoln

Volume Two: Illinois Republican Congressman During the Civil War and the Rise of Ulysses S. Grant

Volume Three: American Diplomat During the Assassination of Lincoln, Reconstruction Impeachment of Johnson, Election of Grant and Fall of Napoleon III

Volume Four: American Minister to France During the Franco-German War of 1870-1871